Term 4 always includes a full calendar of events and activities, and this makes for an enjoyable time to be part of our school. With all the interruptions to regular class routine, I would like to commend students on the focus they are demonstrating towards their work to ensure they get the most out of the valuable learning time left this year. Early in the term, all students completed PAT (Progressive Assessment Testing) in Reading, Mathematics, Spelling and Grammar. We are looking forward to celebrating our student growth and also analysing where we need to improve our teaching practice in the future.
The Athletics Carnival was a successful day with encouraging participation and a strong sense of team spirit between Kentish, Roland and Don houses. This event is a great opportunity to come together as a whole school and it was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents and family friends there supporting. Students are eagerly awaiting to find out who is the winning house! It is great to see those students who excel in athletics have an opportunity to showcase their talent. Thank you to our enthusiastic and dedicated HPE team for coordinating this event.
Our own Sheffield School Show is a unique event promoting livestock and the agricultural industry for young cattle enthusiasts. Students who participate in cattle handling have the opportunity to develop many useful life skills including organisational skills, time management, team work, public speaking skills and most importantly the students develop their confidence and self-esteem. Thank you to our show committee, sponsors and volunteers who assist in making this possible. This year we introduced a cooking competition to align with the traditional country show theme! There are two separate articles in the newsletter about the cooking competition and the cattle handlers, I encourage you to have a read.
The Kentish Lions Club have recently completed vision screening at our Railton campus. Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured and early detection through vision screening can help to identify those at risk for vision loss. Students undergo a number of vision tests and families receive a report explaining the results and suggested next steps if any issues require further investigation by health professionals. In 2024 ECE at our Sheffield campus will have the opportunity to undergo the vision screening. We are grateful for the support our local community provide us and the Kentish Lions assist us in many ways, most importantly they always provide a smiling face and encouragement for our students.
Many events and activities including swimming programs, excursions, assemblies, transition events and many more. Information will be shared with students either via letters, Schoolzine or our Facebook page; if you require any additional information or are unsure of details, please contact the school office on 6491 8222 or speak with your child’s class teacher.
Keep reading because there is much more to share and celebrate in this newsletter!
|DAY AND DATE
|Monday 20 November - Thursday 30 November
|Year 3-5 Swimming
|Friday 24 November
|Deloraine Show (Cattle Handlers)
|Thursday 30 November
|VET Ag Taster Day
|Thursday 30 November (9.00 am - 9.30 am)
|Railton Campus Kindergarten Parent Session
|Friday 1 December
|Devonport Show Day - Public Holiday
|Friday 1 December
|Circular Head Show (Cattle Handlers)
|Monday 4 December
Golf Clinic Session 1 Railton
|Tues 5 Dec, Wed 6 and Fri 8 Dec
|K-2 Water Awareness at Railton Pool
|Monday 4 December
|Inter High Athletics Carnival
|Monday 4 December
|Golf Clinic Session 2 Railton
|Friday 8 December
|Don College Start Day
|Friday 8 December
|Year 7 Transition Day (for Year 6's) Sheffield Campus
|Thursday 11 December
|Golf Clinic Session 3 - Railton
|Tuesday 12 December (11.15 am - 12.30 pm)
|Presentation Day Assembly
|Wednesday 13 December
|Kinder/Prep(inc Railton) End of Year Picnic, Cinema & Foreshore
|Thursday 14 December (Arrivals start 6.00 pm)
|Year 10 Celebration Dinner
|Thursday 14 December
|Prep (Sheff only)-Yr 6 Picnic at Splash
|Friday 15 December
|Reports go home
|Friday 15 December
|Yr 10 Hollybank Excursion
|Monday 18 December (Starts with BBQ at 6.00 pm)
|Cattle Handlers/Hoof and Hook Presentation BBQ
|Tuesday 19 December
|Year 7-10 Freers Beach Picnic
|Tuesday 19 December (9.30 am - 11.00 am)
|K-6 Celebration Assembly (including Railton)
|Wednesday 20 December
|Christmas Lunch and Gift Giving - Railton
|Thursday 21 December
|End of Year Assembly
|Thursday 21 December
|Final Day for Students
|Friday 22 December
|Final Day for Staff and Staff Dinner
READERS CUP 2023
5/6 BASKETBALL TEAM
TASSIE STATE CHAMPS
Dylan rode the 160km NSW state Championships starting at midnight. The weather was torrential with 55mm's of rain during the ride which made the track very slippery, and created a challenging course. Dylan rode 120km when the horse pulled up slightly lame and was not fit to continue. He had a great time and learnt a lot, this was a great experience for him. The ride was actually won by a Tasmanian rider who works for a stud in NSW, Sarah Parker so it was fantastic to see her so successful.
Dylan is currently preparing for the 160Km Tasmanian State Championships to be held at Sassafras on 17 November. He is helping train 7 horses in preparation for the event. We are anticipating that this track will have its own challenges as this time of year it is very concussive on the horses.
Dyan also won his great grandfather's memorial ride recently held at Gowrie Park, "Oss Foley Memorial". He was first over the line with his mother and Alexa Parker, a junior that trains with him. This is the third year in a row that Dyaln has won this 80km event which has the reputation to be the one of the hardest rides in the state.
He also won the Charles Radford Sporting Award from Rotary in Latrobe recently.
The 2023 Sheffield School Athletics carnival was held on Wednesday 8 November. The weather gods were looking down on us and produced a day that was receptive to top quality athletics.
The Secondary section of the carnival was this year held on the Recreation ground. Mr Penney, Miss Baldock and our groundsman Mr Martin spent endless hours measuring and painting and produced a track worthy of top-class athletics.
The secondary boys did not let us down, with Kai, Connor, Jordy, Charlie, Eli and Zavier all presenting as excellent role models and displaying their best effort. Jack, Riley, Jacob and Stirling completed some scorching runs in Year 9 competition and gained good points for their respective houses.
The secondary girls were not to be outdone, Sophie eclipsed the field in the sprint races whilst it was pleasing to see most of this cohort taking to the start line and earn good points. Year 9 girls as a group displayed excellent participation and spirit throughout the whole day. Hollie, Amanda, Decoda and Isabella locked horns during many events and it was great to witness their competitive spirit.
The junior secondary section also produced some excellent competition in both the Year 7 and 8 categories as students began to master the skills of track and field.
The Early childhood students completed their first carnival on the newly devised track and it was great to hear the sound of laughter and excitement from this group as they competed throughout the day.
Primary students had loads of fun as they completed competitions in Hippo Hoppo, gum boot throwing, vortex and rocket throws and various races. The smiles on faces and laughter made it all worthwhile.
At the time of writing, points are still being amassed. Upon completion, we will be able to release the final points and also the year champions.
During the day, two students broke long standing Sheffield School records in both track and field events.
Congratulations to Jack for setting a new Year 9 boys Triple Jump record of 10.81m
Hudson also continued to show his class, setting a new time of 4.53 minutes for the Year 8 boys 1500m race.
Well done boys on an outstanding effort!
School Show Cooking Competition
On Friday 10 November, the first Sheffield School Show Cooking Competitio was held. The event was generously supported by:
- The Blacksmith Gallery
- Sheffield Fruit and Vegetable Providore
- The Don Store IGA
- The Epicurean
- Mountain Mumma
- Bossimi's Bakery
- Slaters Country Store
- The Sheffield Shed
We had an overwhelming response to our inaugural event, with over 50 entries received.
Mrs Ann Ridgeway, who judged the competition, has more than 70 years expeience judging at agricultural shows around the state. She was impressed wit the quality fo the entries and after approximately 4 hours of deliberation, the award winning entries are below.
Cattle Handling Team
The Sheffield cattle handling team has had a busy start to the season attending Launceston, Sheffield and Scottsdale shows with Deloraine and Circular Head still to come. The students in the team have done a fantastic job representing the school and presenting their cattle at the various shows, with many coming away with successful results.
Scottsdale show was a particular highlight for our team as we travelled down on the school bus and stayed at the showgrounds for two nights with the show running on Friday and Saturday. This was a great opportunity for our team to come together with many laughs had along the way.
The cattle handling team is an important activity for our students that we are able to provide, and we thank everyone who has helped to make it possible this year.
Arbre - Huon Excursion
Our year 10 cohort recently had the opportunity to attend an excursion ran in conjunction with the Beacon Foundation, to Huon Aquaculture and Arbre Forest Industries.
Students were given an insight into the career options available at both companies, and were lucky to engage in hands on experiences and learn from experts in both fields. This trip inspired our students and gave them more insight into the career opportunities available to them.
Food Studies and Food Technology
Students have continued to develop their food production skills and respond to design briefs in the kitchen this term. One of the challenges for the Food Technology students, working collaboratively, was to produce a monte carlos biscuit, to compare with a purchased one. Most students thought the home-made recipe was tastier than the purchased one.
In Food Studies, students have been researching, selecting recipes, and producing dishes that could be used for celebrations. They are required to work within budgetary and time constraints, use digital technology and complete a folio. The students have been doing a wonderful job, photos of some of the dishes are below.
Year 9-10 Food Design
A representative from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association recently visited Sheffield School to present a Knife Skills workshop to the 9-10 Food Design class. Students were shown various cutting techniques, and given insight into the tricks and trades of the hospitality industry. Our students were then encouraged to practise the skills they had learnt, all showing enthusiasm and producing excellent results.
LOST PROPERTYIf you have lost your Yeti drink bottle or the Pink Keytag below, we have them here at the office.
Click below for our Canteen Menu
Please note: Items cannot be returned to the canteen for health reasons. If you cancel a purchase on QKR (prior to lunch time), you will have a credit in the app that you can apply to your next purchase.
QKR lunch orders need to be placed by 10 am.
Orders after 12 noon need to be via the school canteen (Ph: 6491 8222)
MANAGING SAFEGUARDING RISKS IN OUR SCHOOLS
2024 BOOK COLLECTION DAYS
Books can be collected from the Sheffield Campus school gymnasium on the following:
|24 January 2024
|25 January 2024
Uniforms can be purchased on these dates/times
We will not be taking any levy payments on the book collection days. Levies will be invoiced at the end of February 2024 and posted out.
Click the link below for Student Assistance Guidelines. Applications for 2024 assistance will open in mid November 2023. Families who were approved for STAS in 2023 will receive written advice (from the Department for Education, Children and Young People) in November advising of their approval or otherwise for STAS in 2024.
Student Assistance and Other Financial_Assistance_Guidelines
How to pay levies
There are a number of ways that you can pay your child's school levies: At either school office (Cash, EFTPOS, Cheque), via BPAY, or QKR (online app on your smart phone/device).
If you would like a formal payment plan, please contact the school on 6491 8222.
TERM DATES FOR 2024
|Thursday 8 February
|Friday 12 April
|Friday 29 March
|Tuesday 2 April
|Monday 29 April
SWIMMING POOL HIRE (Railton Campus)
The swimming pool hire season has had to be amended due to a pump replacement. The season will now commence one week later, on Monday 13 November, and will now end on:
- Sunday 31 March (20 week season), or
- Sunday 21 April (23 week season).
The school holiday season will remain Monday 25 December to Friday 2 February 2024 (6 weeks).
Devonport Country Club are in the fortunate position of being able to offer FREE junior girls’ golf scholarships.
We have obtained funding from The Australian Golf Foundation (AGF) to support six lucky teenage girls to pursue the sport of golf. No previous skill necessary.
Scholarships are open to girls aged 9 to 16. Girls new to golf may also be engaged in this program should they demonstrate a commitment to learning the sport. A willingness to learn a new skill.
“This is a terrific opportunity”, said Helen Plaister, DCC Scholarship coordinator.
“Not only will girls receive 24 coaching sessions with Alex Hamilton PGA Professional but also a one-year junior club membership that carries playing rights, to ensure girls can participate in club competitions and obtain a handicap”.
The Scholarship program is part of a national campaign to get more girls playing golf. Along with over 160 other golf facilities across Australia, DCC will be working closely with golf’s national body Golf Australia throughout 2024.
“All we ask is that applicants display a desire and willingness to learn and therefore improve golf skills, obtain a handicap, play in club competitions (or at least social play) and engage in any extra-curricular activity that fosters friendships between scholarship holders”.
A total of 6 scholarships will be available at DCCfor 2024.
For further information and to apply, please contact:
Helen Plaister, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Mobile; 0488233905 and leave a message.
I will always return your call.
Thank you so much,
Helen Plaister. DCC Junior Girls Coordinator
Devonport Country Club